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Blot on khaki dress; former police constable arrested and sent to jail for rape

Puri, December 3: He had been appointed as a police constable to deal with criminal. But he was earlier dismissed from service for rape attempt. Again he gave identity of a police official to a girl waiting for a bus to gain her confidence and gave a lift in his car only to bring her to his government quarter to rape her. The former cop was remanded to jail today after he was arrested for raping the young woman in distress.

Not only the former cop committed the heinous crime, he has also made the scenes of gang rape viral. Jitendra Sethi, the prime accused and his one of associates were arrested today morning and forwarded to court. His bail petition was rejected and he was remanded to Puri jail. Two other accused were absconding.

After Hyderabad, the shameful incident at Puri has caused a nation-wide uproar. In this case, a former policeman was indulged in the gang rape and this ghastly crime was committed in his government quarter.

Puri SP Umashankar Dash said the criminals would not be dealt with strong hand no matter whether a former policeman was injured. Two accused including the former police constable were arrested and the rest two accused would be arrested soon.

Charge sheet would be filed within twenty days and speedy trial would be held in a fast track court, said DIG Ashish Singh.

On the other hand, various political parties and mass organisations staged demonstrations in front of the SP’s office demanding capital punishment to the accused persons.

Meanwhile, four teams have been constituted headed by Puri SP for the investigation into this heinous incident with the help of the scientific team, while the statement of the victim has been recorded and her medical examination has been conducted. The District Social Welfare Officer has counselled the traumatised victim. Police security and financial assistance will also be given to the victim and her family, said official sources.

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